Gamescom Opening Night Live Song Is Written By Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda

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Nu-metal fans and gamers alike are excited to hear what Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda writes for the Gamescom: Opening Night Live theme.

Linkin Park fans everywhere rejoiced after the official Game Awards (@thegameawards) Instagram account posted a photo announcing that Mike Shinoda would be composing the theme for this year’s Gamescom: Opening Night Live. Shinoda worked on the song earlier today, August 12, live on Twitch.

The career of Mike Shinoda, performing with musical acts such as Linkin Park and Fort Minor, as well as his separate solo career, suggests that the Gamescom song will take inspiration from hip hop, nu-metal, and synth-pop music.

According to its website, Gamescom will be taking place “exclusively digitally” this year as a result of COVID-19. The show is set to go up on Thursday, August 26, and will be presented by the host and producer of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley.

Gamescom isn’t the only convention to be reworked for an online format due to COVID-19. San Diego Comic-Con was canceled and streamed last month. A few hours ago, New York Comic-Con officially announced its cancellation. The event will now be streamed on Youtube.

Even the largest canceled conventions haven’t had the same success they might have had if they were in person. Hopefully, Gamescom will be able to make the transition smoothly. Being able to compensate for the lack of energy and hype that comes hand in hand with a room full of excited gamers isn’t easy. Only time will tell if its online attendance will rival its in-person attendance, but because many Americans aren’t able to make the trip to Cologne, Germany, to attend in person, it seems likely that the convention will still be a success.

Now that Gamescom is free to attend, the only ticket required is a laptop and an internet connection good enough to watch the stream.

We’ve been covering Gamescom over the years at DualShockers. You can most notably check out our impressions on Cyberpunk 2077 from the 2019 edition.

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